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Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Community Development

The Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Community Development, also known as the Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (“CAPIA”), was established to advise the Mayor, the Council, the Director of the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (“MOAPIA”), and the public on the views and needs of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (“AAPI”) communities in the District of Columbia.

The Commission consists of at least 15 members, led by a Chair, all of whom are appointed by the Mayor and are District residents who reflect the demographic, geographic, and ethnic diversity of the District’s AAPI community

CAPIA Bylaws


John Tinpe
Gregory Cendana
Martha Watanabe
Eastern Law
Koustubh “K.J.” Bagchi
Benjamin Takai
Karissa Barnett
Meina Banh
Ronak Desai
Kishan Putta
John Tinpe
Jennifer Hara
Janet Namkung
Niranjan Adhikari
Elena Son
Julie Won

CAPIA Biographies


The Commission on API Affairs holds its regular meetings on the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm at 441 4th Street NW, Suite 721 North, Washington DC 20001. The agendas and current meeting minutes are embedded in the CAPIA calendar of events listed below. Prior meeting minutes can be found in the ARCHIVES. All commission meetings are open to the public. If you have any questions about the commission or its meetings, please contact [email protected]c.gov or telephone: (202) 727-5560.

2017 CAPIA Meetings

January 17, 2017
February 28, 2017
March 21, 2017
April 27, 2017
May 25, 2017
June 27, 2017
July 19, 2017
August 16, 2017
September 20, 2017
October 18, 2017
November 15, 2017
December 20, 2017

January 17, 2018